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Mystery nº 8 from spain

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Mystery nº 8 from spain

  1. 1. Mystery nº 8 from Spain. Geography and Environment
  2. 2. I am a natural park
  3. 3. I am the home of 51 species of mammals, 185birds, 21 reptiles (including an endemic lizard), 12 amphibians, 11 fish and 112 butterfly species.
  4. 4. I was designated a Unescobiosphere reserve.
  5. 5. I am the home of some of theoldest pines still standing inSpain, nearly 100 laricio pinesthat are over 1,300 years old.
  6. 6. There are 24 native flora here. Two endemic species ofdaffodil live in my mountains. One of them is the smallest narcissus in the Iberian peninsula, found in early May in snow melt areas.
  7. 7. You dont need to be a botanist to enjoy the scent of thyme, rosemary, marjoram and lavender and brightlycoloured wildflowers, such as peonies, gladioli and orchids.
  8. 8. Some of the mammals that lived in my mountainsdisappeared because of human intervention. Bears became extict in the 17th century. Wolves disappeared in the 1920s.
  9. 9. Deer and wild board were re-introduced in 1960, togetherwith the mouflon, a wild sheep with striking overlarge horns.
  10. 10. On the highest rocky slopes are Spanish ibex.
  11. 11. Deer watching is easy. In September or early October youcan watch the extraordinay spectacle of the berrea: Male deers bay to the winds to attract any females.Sometimes their cry is answered by a challenge and then follows a fierce butting and crashing of antlers until the weaker male gives way.
  12. 12. 29 species of birds of prey can be seen frequently above the mountain peaks including griffonvultures, booted eagles, golden eagles, red kites, kestrels and peregrine falcons
  13. 13. You can also watch the famous lammergeier, calledquebrantahuesos in Spanish, or bone breaker, due to itshabit of dropping its prey down to rocks from great high It used to breed here but no longer does. Efforts are being made to re-introduce it as a nesting species
  14. 14. The climate is extremely changeable. Snow and frost are common in winter until late may. The intensesummer heat causes dramatic electrical storms that often lead to major fores fires.
  15. 15. Two of the Iberian Peninsulas most important rivers have their sources here
  16. 16. I am Spains largest protected area. Whats my name?

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